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Football Stadium News Recap – August 2019

Monthly Football News Update

US Women’s Soccer Coach to Step Down

Jill Ellis, the incumbent coach of the US women’s national football, is all set up to step down from her current position in the coming days. She is considered a legendary coach as she had led her team to win subsequent FIFA Women’s World Cup championships. It is reported that she will remain with the team for its five games tour against Ireland which will be held in Pasadena, California.

Jill Ellis is the only one who had coached this team to win two subsequent World Cups in a row the latest being the one which was played against Netherland in France. Before joining as the head coach, she held the post of development director in US Soccer. During that period of time she worked with multiple youth national teams and she also had the honour of being assistant coach for the national team.

During the latest press conference, she also mentioned the pressure under which she had worked to attain this level of achievement. She called her job as one of the most challenging due to the expectations associated with her. She also warned that whoever succeed her will have big shoes to fill and must be prepared to be under constant observations.

Lionel Messi Suspended for Three Months

In an unexpected move, Lionel Messi got suspended from international football matches for a period of three months. This happened when he accused that organizers of the Copa America of being biased and corrupt. Apart from the suspension, Lionel Messi was also fined with $50,000. All this took place because he made some comments after Argentina won a match against Chile in the third playoff of the Copa America.

According to the sources, Messi made a statement that organizers of this tournament are corrupt and even called the tournament to be fixed in favour of Brazil. Messi also avoided taking part in medal ceremony and commented that his team don’t need to be part of this corruption and that organizers have shown a lack of respect for his team throughout the tournament.

Apart from the organizers, Lionel Messi even moved on to criticize the match referees and made a statement that due to their corruption, people are not allowed to enjoy football and they have ruined it (football). Lionel Messi and his team management can appeal against the decision of his suspension as it will not allow him to play upcoming matches against Germany, Chile and Mexico.

Soccer Riot in Honduras Results in 3 Dead

Three people succumbed to their injuries due to violence during a soccer match played between Motagua and Olimpia which was held on September 17th in Honduras. It all started with two gangs of the opposing sides started attacking each other and were intercepted by the local police. This led to total breakdown resulting in three deaths and more than ten people being grievously injured.

The match between Motagua and Olimpia was called off because of this violence. As per the eyewitness’ account, this riot started when a group of Olimpia fans started attacking the bus ferrying player of team Motagua to the match ground. During this incident of stone pelting, three of the team members sustained minor injuries. This incident led to violent altercation between the fans of both teams in the stadium and riot police was called to control the situation.

Liverpool Demands Clarification From UEFA

After getting their goal keeper, Adrian, injured by a reckless fan during a match in Istanbul, Liverpool have now asked for clarifications from UEFA. This incident took place at the final of Super Cup when Liverpool defeated Chelsea. While the team was celebrating their win, a fan broke the security cordon and crashed into Adrian and Joe Gomez. The impact was so sudden and forceful that Adrian suffered a knee injury for which he was required to take extensive treatment and is forced to take leave of the upcoming matches.

The most worrying part of this incident is the fact that the supporter was not only able to break the security cordon but was also able to came in physical contact with the team members. This is the third incident of such kind and all of them had happened when the UEFA was responsible for the match security.

Apart from this invasion, the two other ones were made in Kiev and Madrid. Taking this fact into consideration, now Liverpool has demanded an explanation from UEFA and hoped that better security arrangements will be provided in the future.

Property Prices Hits High Near London Football Stadiums

In an in-depth research done by the Pure Commercial Finance it came to light that investing in properties near the football stadium can be quite worthwhile for the investors. Pure Commercial Finance is one of the top-ranking finance brokers in UK and they carried out this research in order to confirm whether buying properties next to football stadiums can be a worthy investment.

The research substantiated this fact and according to it investors are expecting a return of more than 450% on their investments in the coming days. These returns are expected from the properties that are in the vicinity of the Premier League stadium, out of the 10 top-rated properties, 9 are in London. This research used a combination of Land Registry data and mortgage lenders’ reports to highlight the fact that even in the past properties near sports stadiums have surge in their price. Based on this data and findings, this research predicts that areas near the upcoming new Premier League football stadiums can also see an increase in their value.

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Football Stadium News Recap – June 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News Update

Brazil to Face Argentina for Copa America Semi Final

The semifinal match for Copa America has now become more interesting as two arch rivals, Argentina and Brazil, will be playing against each other. Even with Lionel Messi being shackled by the Venezuelan defense, two goals first by Lautaro Martinz and the second one by Giovani Lo Celso moved the game in favour of their team.

Now if all goes by the schedule, then Argentina will be playing against Brazil on coming Tuesday. It is expected that a crowd of more than 50,000 spectators will be attending that match.

The social media has already started showing the type of intensity which can be expected from this match as fans of Brazil are making fun of Messi, while the other side is comparing Maradona with Pele. According to the Argentinian coach, they will take this match as a normal routine one without making much fuss about their archrival’s presence on the ground.

Punters are of the opinion that even though Argentina is in good form, but the book will be in favour of Brazil as they will be playing on their home ground.

Labourers’ Death in Qatar for World Cup Stadiums

In an intensive documentary released by WDR, there is an estimation of more than 1400 workers being killed till now while working at stadium sites under construction for the 2022 World Cup. Most of these workers were from Nepal and as per the government of Nepal, it is estimated that more than 100 people get killed each year while working in Qatar on such construction sites.

The main reason for these deaths can be attributed to the squalid and unsanitary living conditions as well as lack of proper security equipment. The other sad reality associated with this tragedy is the fact that no aid has been granted by Qatar to the bereaved families. Even though government of Nepal is discouraging its citizens to work in Qatar but lack of employment is forcing more and more people to move there in search of good job opportunities.

Neymar Expected To Join Barcelona

As per the latest player transfer news, it is expected that Neymar may move back to Barcelona after leaving it in 2017 for the largest fee ever received throughout the world. The exchange for the return of the prodigal son will be in the form of a swap with Philippe Coutinho plus £100 million to PSG. There are certain news inputs which are clearly indicating that Coutinho’s lacklustre performance for the previous year is the main reason for this exchange.

Even with the previous controversy associated with Neymar’s move to join PSG, it is expected that he will be welcomed back into the team with open arms. His second term in the PSG faced several bans along with a deafening defeat against Man United in the Champions League. Even though the member of the club who are responsible for presidential elections are not so keen on Neymar’s return, but the senior players are of the opinion that his induction back can certainly boost up their fire power.

Al Wakrah Stadium Hosts Its First Match

Al Wakrah Stadium a.k.a. Vagina Stadium had its first match when local football clubs Al-Duhail played against Al Sadd for the final of the Amir Cup. This stadium was designed by Zaha Hadid for the World Cup 2022. The design of this stadium raised some eyebrows when there were certain comments made regarding its similarity with female genitalia.

This stadium is designed with a movable roof which can be opened or closed as per the requirements. Al Wakrah Stadium is centrally air conditioned and has the capacity of more than 40,000 spectators.

The Southeastern Conference Removes Alcohol Ban

As per expectations, the Southeastern Conference removed ban on alcohol in the sports events which are played under its aegis. Even though they have removed the ban, but allowed the individual education institutions to make decisions how to proceed under the new guidelines.

Many of the top ranking universities like that of Kentucky and Louisville have already permitted sale of alcohol in particular areas of the stadiums. It was SEC only which was adamant about such bans while the other four conferences were ready to remove such laws.

As mentioned earlier, University of Louisville had allowed sale of alcohol during sports events a long way back. As per the UK President Eli Capilouto this is a right decision taken on a right time and the approach is quite appropriate. The decision taken by SEC has allowed the members to make their own decision about what is important for their own interest.

This new change in the law is expected to increase the revenue as well as to make such sports events more appealing to the local community. Enhanced revenue for such institutions can help in retaining more coaches and to provide improved facilities for the players.

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Football Stadium News Recap – May 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News Update

Spain Faces La Liga Match Fixing Scandal

As per the latest news update there is a full blown scandal being investigated by investigative agencies in Spain in relation to match fixing during the Liga matches for year 2018 and 2019. As per the reports a number of football players have been picked up by the local authorities to investigate their role in match fixing. Even the higher authorities of La Liga have confirmed that a number of players have been arrested for suspected match fixing. Without naming they also confirmed that two top players from Spanish top divisions are also under arrest.

All of this started when La Liga filed multiple cases with Spanish investigative authorities to investigate illegal manipulation of football matches. Out of these cases, eight are related to match fixing while eighteen other cases relates to players who have been involved in betting on football matches. Match fixing is not new in Spanish football, even in the month of February this year more than twenty people were arrested for fixing matches in junior divisions.

Notre Dame Stadium Ready to Host Liverpool

After a long wait, Notre Dame Stadium is now ready to host its first match of the century. As per the latest updates, a professional football match of this summer will take place in this stadium in the month of July. Two giants of the football world, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, will play against each other on 19th of July, 2019. Liverpool will be visiting U.S. for three games out of which the first one will be played at Notre Dame Stadium while the other two are scheduled to take place in New York and Boston.

During their stay, Liverpool is expected to play against three other teams and will also participate in the social events of the cities they are going to visit. The match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund will be a historical event as it is for the first time in the history of last 100 years that Notre Dame Stadium will host a competitive football match between two top ranking teams.

Qatar Reveals Its Vagina-Shaped Stadium

Call it a comedy of error or an irony, but it is a reality that Qatar had revealed its vagina-shaped football stadium for the World Cup 2022. Though this stadium is named as Al Wakrah, but most of the people from football fraternity have christened it as Vagina Stadium. This stadium is a brainchild of British-Iraqi designer Zaha Hadid and it is all set up to host the quarter finals of the upcoming World Cup. This project was started from a scratch and it is expected that it will be ready just ahead of the tournament.

Al Wakrah stadium will be fitted with innovative and advance technology to control the blistering heat of Saudi deserts. Even though Dame Zaha was inspired by the Arabian boats known as “dhow” for the design of this stadium, but when the drawings of this stadium were finalized in 2013 it resembled more to a vagina rather than a boat. Some critics are of the opinion that this negative publicity of this stadium can be a boon for the sport as more and more people will like to visit this stadium. Some of them even compared the likeness of the two as a positive for gender parity as sports and vaginas rarely mix together to stand against gender discrimination in games like football.

YouGov Polls Show Majority of MPs Supports Safe Standing

As per the survey conducted by YouGov, it is reported that out of hundred MPs, more than 60% supported safe-standing. Majority of these MPs are of view that all-seater rule should be amended in order to allow safe standing during the football matches. The two main events of British football which include English Premier League and English Football League Championship face a ban on standing up during the matches. Even with persistent crackdowns, there is a no visible effect and now people are demanding that all-seater rule should be repealed.

The main reason provided for all-seater rule is that standing during a game can be dangerous and result in a tragedy. On the other hand this theory is being criticized on the basis of an argument, that why this rule is not implemented in League One and Two football matches; in Scotland; rugby matches or even at Premier League grounds. This “never safe” line is further undermined by the fact that football loving European nations such as Scotland, Germany or France does not have this type of regulations for their spectators.

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Football Stadium News Recap – April 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News

Manchester City Back on Top

With their latest win against Burnley in the last match, Manchester City is back on the top of chart leaving Liverpool on second place. In contrast to the pathetic performances of the top four ranking teams, these top two teams are fighting tooth and nail for ceding their positions on the top chart.

Manchester City had been acting as punter’s delight for the last twelve matches which they have won and they just need two more to stretch the waiting of Liverpool to have shot at the top title. Now all the eyes are upon the two matches to be played against Leicester and Brighton.

In their last match against Burnley, City showed a frustrated approach with lacklustre performance during the first half of the match. However, in the second half there was a persistent approach to attack Burnley which allowed Sergio Aguero to sneak in a match-winning goal.

Barcelona Reasserts Its Hegemony in Spanish Football

Once again Barcelona was able to reassert their hegemony in the Spanish football when they defeated their close rival Levante in final of the La Liga. The winning single goal was shot by none other than the Messi himself in front of more than 90 thousand spectators at Nou Camp.

When the captain and the top scoring player of the team, Lionel Mess, received the trophy it signalled and spelled the vice like grip of Barcelona on the Spanish football. It was their 26th overall win and a second one for the subsequent season.

The impact of Barcelona on Spanish football is so strong that one of the local newspapers had declared it as a “dictatorship” while adding that the domestic football acts as a comfort zone for the team.

John Barnes Accused England for Racism

The former team member of Liverpool, John Barnes, had accused England for not being able to tackle racism in their society. This legendary football player was talking about the racist chants faced by Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling during the Euro 2020 qualifier match. While commenting upon this news, John Barnes conceded that there seems to be a hypocrisy in the way the country is reacting to the aforementioned abuse of their players.

Even though UEFA had taken account of this racism and proceeded with disciplinary action, but there is still a growing demand of the public for severe penalties on the rival team.

According to Barnes, the stand taken by public is quite hypocritical as no care has been taken of such actions in the England itself. He also referred to the abuse which was hurled at Sterling during a match between City and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. In his interview, he also tried to draw attention to the racial abuse faced by black football players throughout the country on daily basis.

UK Police to Investigate Mohamed Salah’s Racial Abuse

A new video which surfaced on the social media clearly indicates that Chelsea fans racially abused Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian player of Liverpool.

Taking cognizance of this video, British police had started an investigation into this case. This video shows how Chelsea fans were calling him “Bomber” in Europa League’s match. As per the latest reports, three of these abusers had been identified by the club and were not allowed to enter Slavia’s stadium for the next match.

As per the spokesperson of Merseyside Police, they are also investigating into the publication and sharing of offensive tweets which are made against a player from the Liverpool team. In a related investigation it was also reported that the people who sourced these tweets had been identified by the detectives and their tickets had been rescinded for the Slavia Prague versus Chelsea match.

The statement from Chelsea even though made no comment on this specific incident, but went on describe that a strongest possible action will be taken against such type of discriminatory and racial behaviour.

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Football Stadium News-January 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News-January 2019

Libereum Acquires Elche CF

One of the top ranking crypto firms of Spain Libereum has now finally decided to take over the Spanish football club Elche CF. This step by the company is seen as its first bid to use football in order to increase the user base for crypto currency. This combination can be seen as boon for the online sports betting enthusiasts in Spain. As per the latest news, this company had made a bid of €4.3 million to acquire Elche CF.

This is only the first tranche of cash given by the company and it is expected that more money will be part of the deal. Because of this deal, now Libereum will only allow use of ERC20 Liber as the only method of payment for accessing services at its football avenues. According to the founder of Libereum, Cem Kumlar, the main purpose of this acquisition is to take Elche CF back to the Primera Division. As it requires a lot of money, that is where the crypto currency provided by this company can help. Secondly, the company also wants to make its token (coin) to be part of the financial process and now Liber can be used for all types of transactions in and around the club.

Buenos Aires Police Bans Club President

In a totally unexpected move, Buenos Aires police has now barred the president of Almirante Brown to enter any of the football stadium to watch his team in action. The sources from police department have also acknowledged this ban. The sole reason for the ban seems to be the fact that Maximiliano Levy has links with the fan groups of Bocca Juniors FC which were responsible for hooliganism during the football matches. Mr. Levy was selected as the president of club in the previous week and he was immediately banned by  APreViDe. This agency is responsible for preventing violence during the sports events.

APreViDe had also stated the same reason that Maximiliano Levy has relations with Barra Brava of Boca Juniors. Barra Brava is an organized hooligan group allegedly responsible for all the clashes that had happened during matches between local football clubs. According to the secretary general of APreViDe, their agency cannot be complicit with either the mafias, hooligans or ex-members of Barra Brava who want to get legitimacy through boards of the clubs. It is on the records, that Maximiliano Levy was incarcerated for eighty eight days because of his role in protecting the leader of Barra Brava in 2013.

Tottenham Delaying Match With Arsenal

According to the fans of Arsenal, Spurs are scared stiff of facing Arsenal for the first match at their new stadium. The reason for this delay is attributed to the fact that the host team does not want to lose the first ever match played at their home turf. On the other hand, further setbacks had already postponed the chances of opening of the Spurs’ stadium for at least another few weeks. It was expected that Spurs will face their arch rivals in the first week of the March, 2019 but it seems the first match will be played against Crystal Palace rather than with Arsenal.

There are reports suggesting that Tottenham Spurs may have considered the warning given by the local police department with concerns for security during such a match. Meanwhile, the club itself haven’t ruled out that they might invite Arsenal for a match in the coming days. As per the fans of Arsenal, the Spurs are too concerned about their defeat in the first ever match they will play on their new home ground.

FIFA Declares Anthony Modeste’s Transfer Unjustified

Anthony Modeste’s move to join Cologne faced a fresh turmoil, when FIFA declared that his decision to leave the previous club is unjustified. With this new statement, FIFA has now created a doubt over his statement justifying his decision to move back to his old club because Tianjin Quanjian was not able to pay his salary. It was in the news that Anthony Modeste had left the Chinese club in 2018 citing unpaid salary. He then moved on to sign a new contract with Cologne which will be in force till 2023.

Tianjin Quanjian on the other hand is suffering from serious fund crunch and is forced to sell the top most players on its team. After spending two seasons with the Chinese Club, Modeste was required to leave the club due to unpaid dues during the middle of 2018. Then he started training with its ex-club and was expected to appear in the second Bundesliga. However, FIFA has now ruled that his transfer was invalid and even though Tianjin Quanjian FC is required to pay his dues but the way in which Modeste terminated their contract is without any solid reason. In the light of these events, FIFA has now suspended the registration of Modeste with Cologne.

2022 World Cup Host Qatar Doubles Tax on Alcohol

It might be a bad news for the football enthusiasts who are planning to visit Qatar to watch football World Cup in 2022. In the latest turn of events, Qatar has now imposed a tax of hundred percent on sale of alcohol in its territory. This tax which is part of “Six Tax” regimen came into force on January 22, 2019. This new tax is a part of government’s plan to curb the usage of goods that have ill effect on health. In order to do so they have now introduced this new levy. This policy got revealed when the sole alcohol distribution company of Qatar updated its previous list with latest prices.

Now for a six pack of a beer, you will be forced to pay more than £20. In the view of the upcoming World Cup, this price rise can be a very sensitive subject as more than two million international visitors are expected to attend this event.